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Luis Méndez

  • Jewellery maker
  • Salamanca, Spain
  • Master Artisan
Luis Méndez Jewellery maker
Spanish, English
Monday to Saturday 10:30 - 14:00 / 17:00 - 20:30 and Sunday 10:30 - 14:30
+34 923260725
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A centuries-old craft in modern hands

  • • Luis represents the third generation of the family business
  • • He and his brothers bring filigree jewellery into the 21st century
  • • The secrets of this ancient craft have been handed down the generations

Since 1928, when the company's first workshop was founded in Tamames, Salamanca, Luis Méndez Artesanos has been a family affair. The three Méndez brothers, Luis, Jerónimo and Raúl, comprise the third generation of goldsmiths at the helm of the workshop, bringing the same passion and drive to their craft as their father and grandfather before them. Creating filigree is an ancient and nowadays almost forgotten technique; in their hands it has been revamped and successfully led into the 21st century. Their goal is not only to create delicate, intricate and beautiful pieces of jewellery but also to promote their craftsmen's work by participating in international fairs and exhibitions, making this centuries-old craft relevant once again.

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  • © Luis F. Lorenzo
  • © Luis F. Lorenzo
  • © Luis F. Lorenzo
  • © Luis F. Lorenzo
  • © Luis F. Lorenzo
Photo: © Luis F. Lorenzo
Colgante - Galágo con lazo (Pendant - Galágo with bow)

Luis drew inspiration for this filigree gold leaf pendant from traditional jewellery of the Salamanca area. The pendant comprises two segments which have been textured and finished with an enamel coating.

Length 12 cm
Width 6.9 cm
weight 30 gr

Photo: © Luis F. Lorenzo
Pendientes de pera (Pear earrings)

This pair of gilt earrings was inspired by the work of traditional goldsmiths from the west of the Iberian Peninsula. The upper part of each earring, created from intricately worked and textured filigree, gives way to a pear shaped pendant below.

Length 4.8 cm
Width 1.5 cm
weight 9.4 gr

Photo: © Luis F. Lorenzo
Pendientes de relój (Clock earrings)

Luis drew his inspiration for these earrings from traditional jewellery of the Salamanca area. Each gold and pearl earring has a three part construction with a rose-like top section, a central loop and a pendant with circular motifs.

Length 6.4 cm
Width 2.2 cm
Thickness 0.7 cm
weight 11 gr

Photo: © Luis F. Lorenzo
Broche – botón de filigrana (Brooch - filigree button)

Luis created this handmade filigree brooch with a button at its centre from 18k gold and diamonds. Traditionally, buttons were used to complement clothing and were particularly popular in the 18th century.

Diameter 2.5 cm
Thickness 1.165 cm
weight 6.1 gr

Photo: © Luis F. Lorenzo
Tubular Alliance

Luis has re-interpreted the universal design of a pair of engagement rings using intricate filigree detailing. This ring can be made to order in any size.

Width 6.7 mm
Thickness 2 mm
weight 6.1 gr

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